While in Moab, we went to dinner at Pasta Jay’s is wonderful Italian restaurant on Main Street in downtown Moab . The place was packed, and there was no parking, always a good sign 🙂 We were tired after a long day of hiking and wanted to grab a quick pizza. Even though we had to park a little distance away, we were thrilled that we didn’t give up and go somewhere else. The amazing aroma hits you as soon as you walk into the door. Friendly servers were hustling and bustling, but it didn’t feel rushed or busy. Our pizza tasted incredible (New York Style) and I would highly suggest Pasta Jay’s to anyone looking for an outstanding pizza or pasta dish. We were excited to find out that there is actually a Pasta Jay’s in Boulder, who knew, Here is a link to their website with menus and locations.
While doing research for this post, I found out on their site, that Pasta Jay Elowsky grew up in Bay City, Michigan. Restless and ready to explore life on the West Coast, he moved to Southern California and took a job washing dishes for his Aunt Kathy and Uncle Sonny, proprietors of “Sonny’s Pizza” in San Clemente. After a year of hitting the books at CU Boulder, Jay realized the restaurant business was where his heart was. He returned to Uncle Sonny’s kitchen—learning to cook and spending the next six years perfecting the family recipes that had been passed down to him by “MaMa Genovese”, whose grandmother was cook for the first King of the United Countries of Italy, Victor Emanuel the Second.With dreams to open his own restaurant, Jay settled back in Boulder. In September of 1988, Jay and his Mom (Jean) and Dad (Lowell) opened the first “Pasta Jay’s” at 9th and Pearl. Now almost three decades later—besides the Boulder eatery there are Pasta Jay’s in Lone Tree, Moab and a Hays, Kansas location opening soon. Proud of his culinary heritage—Jay enthusiastically states, “Generations later we still use our family recipes to create food fit for a king!”
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